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21 Jump Street (2012)

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A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

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Michael Bacall (screenplay), Michael Bacall (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonah Hill ... Schmidt
Channing Tatum ... Jenko
Brie Larson ... Molly Tracey
Dave Franco ... Eric Molson
Rob Riggle ... Mr. Walters
DeRay Davis ... Domingo
Ice Cube ... Captain Dickson
Dax Flame ... Zack
Chris Parnell ... Mr. Gordon
Ellie Kemper ... Ms. Griggs
Jake Johnson ... Principal Dadier
Nick Offerman ... Deputy Chief Hardy
Holly Robinson Peete ... Officer Judy Hoffs
Johnny Pemberton ... Delroy
Stanley Wong ... Roman
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Storyline

In 2005, Schmidt and Jenko are high school students, one an honor roll geek, the other a cool, athletic underachiever. By 2012, they are rookie cops, paired together, on bike patrol yearning to make arrests. After a screw up, they're sent undercover back to high school to find the source of a dangerous synthetic drug. They mix up their names, and Schmidt gets the no-brainer classes where he auditions for Peter Pan and falls in love with Wendy; Jenko gets AP classes where he falls in with high-achieving dweebs. This second chance at high school gives Schmidt delusions of grandeur, which threaten the operation. Can they sort out their relationship as they stumble onto the bad guys? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The only thing getting blown tonight is their cover. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, teen drinking and some violence | See all certifications »

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Jonah Hill's character uses a SonyEricsson Xperia Play. This was Sony's abandoned attempt at launching a PlayStation phone. Columbia Pictures is owned by Sony Pictures, so it was expected to see Sony Ericsson mobile phones in the movie. See more »

Goofs

After the gun fight at the hotel, Jenko vomits on Schmidt's white jacket. Later in the next scene, the vomit on the jacket is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Schmidt: Hey, Melodie.
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Footage of Stephen J. Cannell from his famous TV production company logo appears under his creator credit. See more »


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Party Rock Anthem
Written by Peter Schroeder, GoonRock (as David Listenbee), Redfoo (as Stefan Gordy) and SkyBlu (as Skyler Gordy)
Performed by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (as Goonrock)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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21 Jump Street - Laughing along with you
2 May 2012 | by scottemerySee all my reviews

This is basically a film version of an 80's TV series that kick started Johnny Depp's career. It's about two rubbish cops (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) going into a police program to pretend to be in high school so to infiltrate a drugs ring that's killed a kid in the school.

NOW STOP, no not hammertime but don't worry. I know that sounds like a very rubbish stupid comedy film but very early on makes you realise it knows its stupid when the guy in charge of the operation explains something about the program to the two cops, I quote "…a revived undercover program from the '80s, revamped for modern times; the people who make these things up are old and out of ideas, so they try updating (stuff) like this and hope we don't notice". See now that line shows you that it realises its no top notch film and that it is just in it for the ride with a few laughs.

First and foremost yes it is funny, which is a relief as about 3/4 of films that label themselves "comedy" really just arn't. It has some pretty silly gags sometimes but these are outweighed by the tonnes of good jokes and are really insignificant in comparison to 1 or 2 of the fantastic lines in the film. The film isn't too plot heavy which is good as it adds realism to the pair and allows them to branch out to allow some story with the side characters, which stops too many sight gags and fart jokes being used as filler.

Looking at Channing Tatum's IMDb page (I don't think I've seen many of his films) he seems to be in mainly rom-coms and what are essentially girly movies. In this though he is really quite good, he doesn't overplay his character which may be due to him coming from a more straight up film background. The way he delivers his lines isn't cheesy and he gives his character a realistic portrayal while still being hilarious at times. Jonah Hill is Jonah Hill which doesn't need any more on it and the side characters and pretty funny with a good cameo right at the end.

It has that problem all Hollywood comedy's have of having a sad bit 3/4 the way through the film, which by the way one of my favourite comedies - pineapple express - does not, but I can't really bring it down too much for as it's probably forced to include it by the company behind the film. It's also a touch long but neither of these things take away from what is a good self-mickey-taking comedy film.

7/10. Good laughs from some of the leaders of the current generation of comedy


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,302,612, 18 March 2012

Gross USA:

$138,447,667

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$201,585,328
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